Having a Support System is Part of the Healing Process
Survivors of sexual assault face many challenges. From victim-blaming and self-blame to emotional problems and relationship issues, survivors need a strong support system when going through the healing process. Read on to learn more about how survivors can get the assistance they need.
Where Survivors Can Turn For Help
Whether you are ready to speak out against your perpetrator or not, getting as much information and assistance as possible can help you get through the healing process so you can move on with your life. Here are some national organizations that survivors can turn to for support:
- Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center
- National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health
- End Rape on Campus
- Male Survivor
- National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence
How To Support a Loved One Who is A Sexual Assault Survivor
When a loved one comes forward about their sexual abuse or assault, it’s critical to know how to handle a conversation about their experience. Here are some tips:
- Listen to them when they need to talk about their feelings and experience.
- Don’t force a conversation on them. They will let you know when they are comfortable speaking about it.
- Tell them that you believe them and that you support them.
- Let them know that you respect their decision to speak out against their perpetrator.
- Educate yourself about sexual assault and abuse.
How Survivors of Sexual Assault Can Hold Their Perpetrators Accountable
While a perpetrator may face criminal charges, survivors also have the right to take civil action against their perpetrator or another responsible party in a sexual assault case. Filing a sexual assault claim against your perpetrator can help you receive compensation for medical bills, emotional distress, and pain and suffering.
We believe you and understand the challenges survivors often face when speaking out against their abuser or attacker. Contact our sexual abuse and assault injury lawyers to help you navigate the legal process of filing a civil claim against the liable party.
Call Grewal Law PLLC at (888) 211-5798 to schedule a consultation.